THE HISTORY OF PASADENA SYDNEY AND OUR STORY!
PASADENA, where it stands today, is the second Church Point venue created by Charles Wymark, the founder of the Pasadena Roadhouse. Wymark created the venue for locals, offshore residents and holiday makers who came to enjoy the waterfront activities, which included Sailing, fishing, camping and driving the newly constructed McCarrs Creek Road which ran through the Kur-ing-gai National Park. The original Pasadena Roadhouse contained a post office, general store, garage and boat-shed, plus on the first floor, a dance hall ballroom was created.
Documents show the ballroom enjoying great success with Saturday night big band dances, community fundraising social functions with guests enjoying the spacious Spanish style architecture and location with its Pittwater views.
The Pasadena was modified in the early 1960’s to resemble the current boutique style hotel of 13 guest-rooms and a two bedroom apartment upstairs with a restaurant and events centre downstairs.
A timeline of events:
- 1930: Plans for the ‘Pasadena Roadhouse’, built in Spanish Revival style, are devised. The original two-storey building contains a post office, general store and boat shed, with a dance hall ballroom upstairs.
- 1935: Grand Opening. The post-Depression party starts with balls, dances, and illuminated boats ferrying guests around Pittwater.
- 1940 – 1945: World War II disrupts trade. Pasadena enlists as a training base for naval vessels, hosting mock battles to prepare Australian troops to defend our coastline.
- 1946 – 1960: ‘The Grand Dame of Pittwater’ re-opens and fast earns a reputation across Sydney as a hub for high-profile weddings, rollicking parties, themed music nights, and frivolity around the outdoor swimming pool.
- 1963: The first-floor ballroom is replaced with 13 motel rooms and the building renamed ‘Pasadena Motel Lodge’.
- 2002: Now named ‘Pasadena on Pittwater’, the 72-year-old building is earmarked for demolition to make way for a unit block.
- 2007: Unable to finance their proposed development, the owners cease trade.
- 2012: After a five-year descent in decay, the building is sold to its current owner, Paul Peterkin and his family.
- 2018: Following six years of painstaking renovation and restoration, the Peterkin family revive Pasadena as an entertainment venue, restaurant, bar and boutique accommodation.
The current owners Paul and Sheridan Peterkin, who are long-term local residents of the area, have watched the Pasadena fall into disrepair over the years and after purchasing the property in 2012, embarked on a labour of love to sensitively restore and revive The Pasadena to a modern version of its former self.
“I feel a great responsibility. It’s an honour to own something as special as Pasadena. To us, it’s much more than a beautiful building in a stunning location. It’s always been a place of celebration and joy. We all need that in our lives. I’m determined that it should not only live on, but be resurrected as a venue no first-time visitor will forget.” says Peterkin.